Kidney beans are a very popular legume because of its great taste, texture and flavour. They are dark red in colour and are kidney-shaped. From Mexican cuisine — tacos, burritos, etc to our very own rajma-chawal, red kidney beans are used extensively all over the globe. They are called ‘kidney beans’ due to their shape which resembles the human kidney. Jammu rajma is found in the areas of Jammu and Kashmir and is usually smaller in size. They are one of the tastiest beans and belong to lentils food group. Red kidney beans are known as “Rajma” in India and they form an important part of a vegetarian diet due to their excellent protein content.
Dried beans need to be soaked and cooked with care as the outer skin contains certain toxins when raw. The toxins are removed by boiling the beans. Canned beans that are readily available in the markets are already boiled. They are just needed to be rinsed and reheated before cooking.